Northern Nevada is the quintessential American West. Wild, open spaces that are sparsely populated with towns and ranches few and far between. This is the country where the cows, antelope, and deer far outnumber the human population.
Northern Nevada is a great place to lose the trappings of modern life and wander in solitude and stunning beauty. Given its open, beautiful, and wild nature, it is surprisingly not overly visited. On most trips, I have seen few if any other groups.
Late spring through fall is the recommended time to visit for most adventures. Winters can be cold and snowy, springs can have snow or mud in the higher elevations.
Much of this part of the state is owned by the BLM. Primitive camping is abundant, but be sure to have plenty of food, water, fuel, and supplies.